There have been rumours for years, but now it’s actually happening – Joss Whedon is co-helming a reboot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with a new lead actress….
Deadline reported last night that Midnight, Texas creator Monica Owusu-Breen is attached as showrunner with original series creator Joss Whedon on hand to exec produce. The Buffy reboot is only in its earliest stages of development and will be pitched to streaming and cable networks later this year.
Fans can expect an all-inclusive show, as Deadline tells us that the new star slayer will be played by an African-American actress. The producers have said:
“Like our world, it will be richly diverse, and like the original, some aspects of the series could be seen as metaphors for issues facing us all today.”
Naturally, Buffy lovers are in two minds about this announcement as not everyone wants to see a complete reboot of the beloved series. However, it’s worth pointing out that Deadline’s original write-up makes no mention of Buffy herself being played by an African-American star just that the “new slayer” will be. So it’s possible reboot is being used as a catch-all term and it could actually be a continuation of the original show.
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